posted on Apr, 27 2011 @ 01:48 PM
It's definitely good to see such photos. As much as we may not want to see them - these things are as much a part of history as the photos of
success and heroism.
No, those images did nothing to change the world.
Raising awareness did not change the world, it merely altered the awareness of some individuals.
I can definitely see what your saying. However, some individuals become many individuals who each choose whether or not to contribute to changing the
world in which we live - in their own way.
Individually, we may not be able to make an immediate significant change. But if an honest hard hitting image changes an attitude positively (even in
an insignificant way) then its a good thing.
For instance, the image of the starving child hasn't led me to contribute financially to a charity that can directly help. (sorry) But it did
immediately make me think of the amount of food I waste on a daily basis, and the amount of homeless people locally that are probably pretty hungry
themselves. So an appreciation for what I have has been reinforced.
It's not changed the world. But small contributions or changes down to huge lifechanging contributions are all part of it. I think these kinds of
photos keep us in touch with reality - that life isn't all hunky dory. When we aren't able to see these things its easy to forget what goes on
It can also give us hope. When/if any of us who are used to a relatively problem free life suffer because of a tragedy, we've witnessed through
these types of images that there is a heart to humanity.
In my opinion, its not all about the measurable changes but the small changes too. Not even all about changes, but support and empathy.